“The God that I know would never, never, never punish any conceivable sin with rape.”
There are reasons that I am no longer a Southern Baptist, and they are not social or political reasons. They are theological. While I will defend to the death their right to be wrong, I came to the belief that the theological premises of conservative and fundamentalist Christianity are not only damaging, but wrong. These theological errors lead people away from the compassion that I believe was at the heart of the message of that poor carpenter from a little village in Galilee.I'm writing a paper about redemption and atonement right now, so I've been thinking about issues like these a lot, and while I'm not really a theist so Rev. David's analysis doesn't quite do it for me personally, I agree with the problems he identifies. And the story he tells about standing up to his colleagues who were shaming a rape victim is quite moving. So if you're interested in this theology stuff, I definitely recommend that you check out the whole thing!